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Scientists Introduce an Anti-Aging Chocolate Bar

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Forget wrinkle creams: your secret to younger looking skin may be in a candy bar. Yep, you read that right. Scientists at a UK-based company with ties to Cambridge University have created Esthechoc, a 70 percent dark chocolate enriched with cocoa polyphenols and a potent algae extract. Just one 7.5 gram piece packs the same antioxidant power as 300 grams of wild Alaskan salmon or 100 grams of traditional dark chocolate. Dubbed the first ever “beauty” chocolate, the creators claim it has the power to slow aging, boosting circulation, oxygenation and detoxification to keep skin looking up to 30 years younger. (Have A Year of Great Skin: Your Month-By-Month Plan.)

At just 39 calories per bar, the wrinkle-fighting cocoa sounds too good to be true, yet clinical trials showed study subjects (between the ages of 50 and 60) had less inflammation in their blood and increased blood supply to their tissue after consuming the bar every day for just three weeks.

“While these early reports are exciting, additional clinical trials must be performed to confirm the results,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “This chocolate could be an additional measure to prevent skin aging, but it shouldn’t take the place of a healthy lifestyle and diet rich in fresh fish, fruits and leafy green, along with proper sun protective behavior.”

Esthechoc bars are vegan, diabetic-friendly and suitable for all skin types. No word yet on the price tag, but the skin-saving chocolate should hit shelves sometime next month. In the meantime, fill up on the Top 10 Get-Gorgeous Foods.

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